And today's progress is pretty much done. I have the doors (for the back side) made, but not hung yet. Everything is painted. For my first stand, it looks better than it should. I have several things I'd do different next time, but they will not stop me from moving it into place tomorrow after this 2nd coat of paint dries.
Here is a picture after the first coat of paint (primer was put on yesterday). And yes, it is an optical illusion that the cabinet is leaning to 1 side. Its the angle of the camera
I also had a close call with my sump tonight. I accidentally dropped a hammer in it from the top of the stand (I was doing a "will it fit in there" test from the front before painting it black). It didn't crack, and seems to hold water just fine. I have it sitting on the back porch full of water tonight to make sure it holds water.
I also got the plumbing for the Mag9.5(sump return) and the overflow to feed to the sump. Just 2 more rocks to scrub tonight, and the sand needs to be washed, but everything is coming together well.